Recycling and Clearance Fee for PVC Containers to be Quintupled


Recycling and clearance fees for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) containers will be increased by a factor of 4.7 on 1 July 2019, in an effort to reduce the environmental impact of such containers. The current fee of NT$18.5/kg will be raised to NT$87/ Regulations for fine determination allow for appropriate fines to be given, thus avoiding previous situations in which an authority would simply fine a violator at the minimum rate required by the law. The updated fine determination takes into account the level of pollution, the type of pollution and the hazards caused by violators not abiding by the Waste Disposal Act. These regulations accomplish the goal of levying fines on severe violators and deterring others who might consider violating the Waste Disposal Act. kg, providing an economic incentive for enterprises to reduce their usage of PVC containers and switch to materials that present fewer problems for the recycling process.

When incinerated, PVC releases dioxins due to the chlorine it contains. Over the past few years, the use of PVC containers has declined. In 2017, PVC container usage constituted 0.29% of all plastic containers used, while it made up only 0.42% of all plastic containers recycled. As such, PVC plastic containers are not sorted until near the end of the when dining at sponsored restaurants. In addition to earning 300 to 500 points at sponsored restaurants, participants will receive 500 points upon going to three or more such restaurants. Participants can enter to win cash prizes by checking in on Facebook. More information about this program can be found at: recycling process. This kind of plastic container has a higher likelihood of having chemical impurities, which reduce the quality of recycled materials produced as well as their value. Many waste disposal facilities are unwilling to process PVC containers.

Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)
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